Even in a powerplay situation, each Flyers’ line is allowed no more than one minute to be on the ice and during that minute I want an all out effort.
This all out effort creates the tempo of the game, whereby we are always pushing the other team, keeping them guessing as to our next move. Our tempo keeps us on the offensive and forces the opposition to make mistakes. We built such a tempo in our game against the Bruins in Boston during the 1974 Stanley Cup finals that it just destroyed them.
A team cannot create the tempo of the game with just one line. Some coaches will try to favor one line over the others, thereby giving the other lines a sense of inferiority. I can put (Orest) Kindrachuk’s line against Esposito’s line and not worry about it, because our lines are all good and are capable of playing against any line in professional hockey today.
Boston will play the Esposito line for a 4-minutes shift, while we’ll have three lines against them in that time. Thus, by moving our lines on a one-minute shift, we can create a faster tempo during the game.
We always have a fresh player on the ice.
-Fred Shero, 1975.